Knee Pain Treatment in Boston

Knee pain is a common problem in people of all ages. Because you use your knee so much, it is vulnerable to injury. Knee pain is one of the most common reasons people consult with an Orthopedic surgeon. Most knee problems can be prevented or treated with simple measures like exercise or training programs, while others may require surgery.

If you’re struggling with knee pain and want to consult with a Board Certified Orthopedic surgeon to discuss treatment options, contact Boston Concierge Orthopedics today. Dr. Robert McLaughlin has over 25 years of experience treating knee pain and sees each of his patients every time they visit his office.

A Closer Look at Your Knee

Your knee is one of the largest and most complex joints in your body. Your knee helps to join your thigh bone to the shin bones and your kneecap. Your knee also contains cartilage to help your knee move smoothly acting as shock absorbers for your body.

Because there are so many complex parts of the knee, it can often be at risk for pain or injury.

You may also be at increased risk for knee pain if you:

  • Overuse your knee
  • Have a history of arthritis
  • Lack muscle flexibility or strength to help stabilize and protect your joints
  • Participate in sports or activities with jumping, turning, running, or other movements
  • Have a physically demanding job
  • Suffered from a previous knee injury

What are Common Causes of Knee Pain?

It may start suddenly, often after an injury or exercise. Knee pain also may begin as a mild discomfort, then slowly get worse. Knee pain can have many different causes.

Some common causes of knee pain include:

  • Strain or sprain – Minor injuries to the ligaments caused by sudden or unnatural twisting
  • Torn ligament – An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, or medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury may cause bleeding into your knee, swelling, or an unstable knee
  • Torn cartilage (a meniscus tear) – Pain felt on the inside or outside of the knee joint
  • Fracture of the kneecap or other bones
  • Iliotibial band syndrome – Injury to the thick band that runs from your hip to the outside of your knee
  • Patellofemoral syndrome – Pain in the front of your knee around the kneecap

Which Medical Conditions Cause Knee Pain?

Knee pain may also be caused by medical conditions such as:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Lupus
  • Gout

What Can I Do to Relieve Knee Pain?

Sometimes rest is all our knee needs to get back to normal function. Other times, it can be more serious and require professional examination.

Dr. McLaughlin is specially-trained to help you with your knee pain, but some things you can do at home will also aid you in your recovery. Simple causes of knee pain often clear up on their own while you take steps to manage your symptoms. If knee pain is caused by an accident or injury, you should contact Dr. McLaughlin.

If your knee pain is not severe, you can:

  1. Rest and avoid activities that cause pain.
  2. Apply ice. First, apply it every hour for up to 15 minutes. After the first day, apply it at least 4 times per day. Cover your knee with a towel before applying ice. Do not fall asleep while using ice or leave it on too long.
  3. Keep your knee raised as much as possible to bring down any swelling.
  4. Wear an elastic bandage or elastic sleeve, which you can buy at most pharmacies. This may reduce swelling and provide support.
  5. Sleep with a pillow underneath or between your knees.
  6. Take medication
    • ibuprofen (Motrin) or naproxyn (Aleve) for pain and swelling.
    • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) can help relieve pain, but not swelling.
    • Talk to a doctor before taking these medicines if you have medical problems, or if you have taken them for more than a day or two.

When Should I Seek Treatment?

We are specially trained to assist you with your knee pain and help you get back to normal functioning. If your pain lasts more than a few days, call Dr. McLaughlin to schedule your consultation.

How Can Knee Pain be Treated?

We have many options to help get you the relief you need. Knee pain can limit your mobility and the quality of your life.

Treatment options for knee pain may include:

Injections

  • Injection of an anti-inflammatory medicine called corticosteroid
  • Hyaluronic acid injections to improve mobility and ease pain
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections 

Medications

  • Anti-inflammatory medication to relieve pain
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

Other Treatment Options

  • Physical therapy to make the muscles around your knee more stable
  • Injection of corticosteroid 

Dr. McLaughlin will perform a physical exam and closely look at your knee. You will be asked questions to help Dr. McLaughlin understand your knee problem.

Imaging tests, such as x-rays or MRI, may also be ordered to help diagnose the problem.

How Can I Avoid Future Knee Injuries?

Follow these general tips to help relieve and prevent knee pain:

  • Always warm up before exercising
  • Stretch muscles
  • Cool down after exercising
  • Wear proper footwear when exercising
  • Run on a smooth, soft surface, such as a track, instead of on cement or pavement

Why Choose Us?

We are committed to your peace of mind. We value you and know you come to us with great trust. Pain can be an all-consuming problem, and we can help diagnose and treat your knee pain.

Dr. McLaughlin has over 25 years of experience treating knee injuries and utilizes the latest treatment options. At Boston Concierge Orthopedics, patients interact with Dr. McLaughlin on every visit. Give us a call at (978) 969-3624 today.